Community Road Race In Honor Of Cross Country Legend John Ngugi
The John Ngugi Foundation will be hosting a 10 kilometer community Road race in Nyahururu on the 27th of April, 2013. The race will take place in Ngano area, with start and finish point at Ngatha Primary School, where John Ngugi’s athletic talent was discovered. The purpose of the event, whose theme is Run to learn, shall be to expose talent and foster peace and understanding in the community.
The race is open to everyone from the Nyahururu community. It will have two categories, for men and women and will start at 7am on Saturday 27th April. Token prize money will be given to winners no. 1-6 and runners from Ngano area will be considered as well. John Ngugi, the chairman of The John Ngugi Foundation, will be in attendance as a guest runner. Security along the race’s route has been secured and an ambulance and safety team will be in hand to attend to the runners. The Sports Everngelism team fromPCEASt. AndrewsChurch ,Nairobi, will also participate and talk to the youth. The race will be officiated by Athletics Kenya Nyandarua branch, led by its Secretary Lawrence Miano Wambugu.
About John Ngugi and The John Ngugi Foundation
The John Ngugi Foundation is a non profit making organization which was registered in 2004. It was founded by the former international long distance running champion John Ngugi. The Foundation is run by a committee with Ngugi as the Chairman.
John Ngugi was the first Kenyan to win gold, in the 12 kilometer senior men World Cross Country Championships in 1986. He went on to win the race for four consecutive years. He was the first man in the world to have won the race for five times. He also won Olympic gold inSeoul,Koreaand many other medals forKenyabefore retiring in 1992. Ngugi was the Assistant Technical Advisor 2007 Mombasa World Cross Country Championships. He has been awarded the Honour of State’s Commendation and the Silver Star of Kenya by President Daniel Arap Moi and is a Universal Peace Federation ambassador.
- To expose and nurture young sporting talent, especially in athletics.
- To establish a well equipped, high altitude residential training camp in Central Region
- To organize various racing competitions in the country.
- To work with the youth in our programme in environmental causes such as tree planting, waste management, etc.
- To establish a fund to educate talented youth in our programme who are from poor backgrounds.
- Promote tourism through athletics.
The Foundation seeks to tap the enormous undiscovered talent in the country, through working with institutions and the community. Our specific target group is young people, After selecting talented young people, the Foundation aims to get them to train in a well equipped residential camp in order to prepare them for competitions. The foundation will hold regular races involving the community, in order to raise awareness about the importance of athletics and other socio-economic issues.
Through this, the foundation hopes to help young people achieve their dreams by training them in modern running techniques. We hope to produce members of the future representatives of the country in various international athletic competitions.
Marjory N. Kimani,
PA to the Chairman,
The John Ngugi Foundation
Tel: 0786-5990000/722 361100